Ukrainian Studies Endowment

Provides support for language instruction and Ukrainian culture courses in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures within the College of Arts and Sciences. Created to endow a chair of Ukrainian Studies at the UW.

What is it? (Українська версія)

The Ukrainian Studies Endowment brings together members of the Ukrainian American community and the University of Washington – faculty, students, alumni and supporters of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program – with the goal of raising enough funds to fully support a new professorship/chair in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Washington. The Ukrainian American Community will establish the scope and purpose of the position, and the University of Washington will recruit, interview, and hire the chairholder following standard university procedures. This effort is guided by the Ukrainian Studies Endowment Committee, whose members are drawn from various Ukrainian American communities, the University of Washington faculty, the Association of Alumni and Friends of the University of Washington’s Slavic Department, and Americans who have worked in Ukraine in various capacities.

Why is it important?

Ukraine’s highly educated population, natural wealth, size and location make it an important country both regionally and globally. Several private companies in Ukraine, Russia, and Norway have joined with Boeing in implementing the Sea Launch project. Ukraine began its independence as the world’s third largest nuclear power, and is now seeking partners in converting its military-industrial technology to peaceful uses. Chornobyl scientists are working with Hanford colleagues to devise appropriate ways to dispose of nuclear waste. Research and technology for fighting cancer are being shared by medical experts in the Pacific Northwest and Ukraine.

The Pacific Northwest has not only welcomed many thousands of Ukrainian immigrants during the last decade, but has positioned itself to “do business” with their homeland. The time is right for establishing a chair of Ukrainian Studies at the Northwest’s leading center for the study of the Slavic countries and their neighbors, as a way of ensuring that knowledge about the cultural, scientific, industrial and agricultural resources of Ukraine, and the achievements of its diaspora, will be available to the people of our region. An endowed chair will secure a place for Ukrainian Studies in the University’s curriculum, regardless of State and University funding decisions, making this endowed position unique in the western United States. The knowledge made available through the Chair of Ukrainian Studies will be shared with the public at large through lectures, forums, and projects which serve a variety of communities. Although this position will be important as a means of preserving the Ukrainian heritage in America, its larger goal will be the education of Americans who have little opportunity to learn about Ukraine and its place in the world, and the facilitation of commercial, political and cultural contacts between the United States and Ukraine.

How can I help to make it happen?

The best way to start would be to make a donation of any size to the Ukrainian Endowment (you can do so using the form below). In addition, you can ask your friends if they would like to make a gift, including those who are not of Ukrainian heritage – your enthusiasm and the reasons why this endowment is important to you will persuade them faster than any information we could send them. If you would rather not approach potential donors yourself, please give one of us their names, addresses, and telephone numbers, and a little background information on their interest in Ukraine and the Endowment.

Contributions to the Ukrainian Endowment Fund, which will be managed by the University of Washington Foundation, are tax deductible. Pursuant to RCW 19.09 the University of Washington Foundation is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State, State of Washington. For information, call the Office of the Secretary of State, 1-800-332-4483.

Whom should I contact for further information?

Please get in touch with Prof. James West at the University of Washington, who can be reached at 206-543-4829 (jdwest@u.washington.edu). The telephone number for the University of Washington’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is 206-543-6848.

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